Fforest Festival Wedding | Gareth & Rachel

So after a lovely evening on Friday and the festivities of Willowstock, Saturday morning rolled around. It was warm, it was dry and it was perfect!

Not only were two of the cutest people about to tie the knot in a sea of smiling faces of lovely family and friends, the considered detail in Gareth and Rachel’s handmade, festival inspired wedding was utter perfection. Almost everything was hand created in the run up to the wedding by family. From bunting made from dresses Rachel wore when she was a little girl and handpainted stones with everyones names on them to a ceremony backdrop made of fabric hearts, all individually made by Rachel’s mum. Hand drawn invites, the cake decorated by Gareth’s Mum and her handmade Welsh cake favours. Nothing was forgotten and even dogs were invited.

DOGS as guests! I was in heaven!

I could honestly write a whole book on their amazing day, but I genuinely don’t actually know where to start. I love looking back at these images and remembering all the different moments of their day. There is something about the relaxed format of weddings at Fforest that make for an incredibly special, chilled out day. Guests enjoyed games on the grass and chill out time in the shade with a  cold beer. We could take walks through the surrounding woodlands or just sit and eat our way through a pile of cakes and treats for afternoon tea. Every moment of the day was beautiful and Charis and I struggled to say goodbye!  I left Wales on Sunday with a very happy heart, saying goodbye to friends who I just adore.

Rachel and Gareth… you two, and your gorgeous friends and families, rocked my world! Always remember, Cwtch. x

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It is with huge thanks to the lovely Charis Warrell who came along to second shoot with me. We spent most of the day in awe of what was in front of us, squeaking like children at everything in sight and walking around with eyes like saucers trying to capture everything we could see around us!

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Charis Warrell - yay! hey there beautiful Gareth, Rachel and Willow!
What a wonderful wedding! Wow! Looking back with truly joyful memories! Thank you for allowing me to share in your day and to shoot with you Debs too! Special times! XXXX

Ellie - What a wonderful, fun filled day (and gorgeous photos) I can just see myself there, sitting in the sunshine.

Fforest Wedding | Willowstock | Gareth and Rachel

In early July last year, I travelled to the beautiful West coast of Wales and a tucked away little location of Fforest. Here I found the lovely Rachel and Gareth who had chosen this magical spot to tie the knot.

Fforest is an eco retreat in the middle of the woodlands and fields. It is the most magical place. It is rustic, laid back and soothing to the soul, the most perfect place for a chilled out, relaxed wedding. Friends can stay for the whole weekend in a plethora of camping, yurt or lodge options. You can wander around the 200 acres of beautiful, green woodlands and surrounding fields or just sit back on a deck chair with the sun on your face and watch the sun set with a cup of tea in a tin mug or a cold local beer from the bar.

On choosing to have a humanist ceremony in the giant tipi on Saturday meant that Gareth and Rachel had to formally and legally get wed in Bwthyn, the licensed miniature pub on site. The chose to do this on the Friday with only their immediate families stood besidethem and invited their friends and family to a evening gathering, Willowstock.

Their Friday ceremony was gorgeous. After everyone getting stuck in on Friday morning and setting up for the next day, they all nipped back to their lodges and got ready. Rachel wore a stunning lace dress her Mum had made for her and flowers were provided by Fforest. A beautiful hand tied posy of flowers grown in the gardens at Fforest.

They shared an intimate ceremony next to the fireplace in Bwthyn, headed to their lodge for champagne and a cuddle with Willow and then back to Bwthyn for an evening of entertainment. An open night of music inviting their many talented friends to come up and sing and play music. This they called Willowstock after their adorable Willow and it was the perfect start to their weekend.

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Tomorrow I will be sharing with you their Saturday celebrations… it’s pretty epic!

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Happy Ffriday!

No, not a typo… I did actually mean Ffriday…

I hope you all have a splendid weekend planned? Mine includes hanging out with this amazing friend who is coming down to Newquay to hang out with me and no doubt will entail lots of eating good food, drinking wine and long walks… come rain, hail or shine. The way things have been in Cornwall this year so far, we will probably see all three of those elements plus some.

On Monday I plan to blog this amazing wedding… a two parter that starts with a gathering of friends at Fforest on Friday evening for ‘Willowstock’ and then on Tuesday, I’ll be sharing Gareth and Rachel’s festival, fun loving wedding day. Its taken me a very long time to choose and prep this blog post… there was just. so. much. beauty!

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Happy weekend!